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February 08, 2007

MN TFR: 02.09.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/2732 Issue Date: February 08, 2007 at 1602 UTC Location: Ely, Minnesota Beginning Date and Time: February 09, 2007 at 1530 UTC Ending Date and Time: February 09, 2007 at 1645 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Due to blasting activity at Babbitt Mining Company Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Minneapolis (ZMP) Center, 651-463-5580

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PR TFR: 02.09.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/2771 Issue Date: February 08, 2007 at 1810 UTC Location: Cayo Lobo, Culebra Island, Puerto Rico Beginning Date and Time: February 09, 2007 at 1300 UTC Ending Date and Time: February 09, 2007 at 1800 UTC Reason for NOTAM: For ordinance disposal Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: San Juan (ZSU) CERAP, 787-253-8664

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Western Airlines Shuts Down Two Weeks After First Flight

Mounting Debts Force Grounding Of Upstart Airline

It may just be a record... although certainly not the kind of record a fledgling airline wants.

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ISS Team Wraps Up Record Third Spacewalk In Nine Days

Station Commander Earns New Record

NASA reports International Space Station Commander Mike Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineer Sunita Williams wound up a six-hour, 40-minute spacewalk at 3:06 pm EST Thursday.

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Comair Pilots Come Up Short In Court

Judge Prohibits Strike

The judge presiding over the bankruptcy court handling Comair's Chapter 11 case barred the airline's pilots union from striking Wednesday.

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Open Air Receives FAA Part 135 Certification

Offering 'Air Taxi' Service In DC Metropolitan Area

Stealing a march on the many companies lining up to provide so-called "air taxi" service using the upcoming crop of very light jets, start-up charter company Open Air, based out of Montgomery County Airpark (GAI) in Gaithersburg, MD, told ANN Wednesday it's now doing so... just not with jets.

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Heavy Snows Cause Chaos In The UK

Groundhog Predictions Notwithstanding, Winter Is Still Here!

Mother Nature is not quite done with winter yet, especially in the United Kingdom. Heavy snow across the country is wreaking havoc with travelers and shutting down schools.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 02.08.07

Andy Perry, On The New Houston Executive Airport

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.08.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.08.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- A NEW General Aviation Airport: 02.08.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Houston Executive Airport's Andy Perry.)

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US Officials Confirm Another Civilian Chopper Down In Iraq

Reports Say All Survived The 'Hard Landing'

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 02.08.07 08:30 EST: Just one day after a fourth US military helo went down in Iraq in less than three weeks, officials have confirmed a second civilian chopper went down last week south of Baghdad.

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Navy Pilot's Widow Sues Raytheon

Claims Patriot Missile Malfunction Killed Husband

The widow of US Navy Lieutenant Nathan Dennis White, killed by friendly fire while piloting an F/A-18 aircraft west of Karbala, Iraq, in April 2003, filed a law suit Tuesday against Raytheon Company, manufacturer of the patriot missile that shot down his aircraft.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.08.07

Another US helicopter is down in Iraq...
FAA gets a request to raise the bar on small-time A&P's...
...and the FAA moves to publicly release abandoned type certificates.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.08.07

Another US helicopter is down in Iraq...
FAA gets a request to raise the bar on small-time A&P's...
...and the FAA moves to publicly release abandoned type certificates.

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ANN Special Feature: Andy Perry, Houston Exec. Airport 02.08.07

With general aviation airports theatened everywhere, how did these guys open a brand new one in a metro area the size of Houston? Houston Executive Airport's Andrew Perry tells us how it was done.<

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AEA Recommends Changes To FAR Part 65 Rules

Suggests FAA Should Treat All Regulated Mechanics The Same

ANN has learned the Aircraft Electronics Association has responded to the FAA's request for public comment regarding the air agency's proposal to increase the Inspection Authorization renewal period to two years. Although AEA agrees with the FAA's proposal, it nonetheless offered comments to the FAA... just not about the IA renewal period.

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NASA To Review Psych Screenings Following Nowak Arrest

Officials Saw No Sign Of Instability

One day after shuttle astronaut Lisa Nowak was charged with attempted murder, officials at NASA held a press conference to announce the agency will review its psychological screening process for astronauts.

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Lawmakers Irked Over Pelosi's Request For Larger Plane

New House Speaker Says She Needs Nonstop Transcontinental Flights

Washington lawmakers are steamed over the Bush administration's plans to provide House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with access to an Air Force passenger jet. The reasons go beyond the usual political wrangling and rhetoric, however... or at least, so they say.

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iFly Fractional Program Partners With Angel Flight West

Will Donate 20 Hours Flying Time Per Member For Mercy Missions

Fractional ownership program iFly tells ANN it aims to donate hundreds of hours in its fleet of Columbia 350s each year in an effort to shrink the distance between those in need and medical care they require often hundreds of miles away.

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Grievance Filed Against Bell Helicopter On Behalf Of Fired Intern

Claims US Security Regulations Cost Him His Job

A man fired last fall from his internship at a Bell Helicopter factory in Canada says he was unfairly dismissed from the company due to his heritage.

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Turkey Gets First Contract Under JSF Production Agreement

TAI To Build F-35 Center Fuselages -- Up To $3 Billion Worth

ANN has learned Northrop Grumman ISS International (NGISS) has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Tusas Aerospace Industries of Turkey (TAI) to build F-35 center fuselage assemblies under the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program.

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Cessna Confirms 2006 Was A VERY Good Year

1,239 Aircraft Delivered, Including 865 Piston Planes

Cessna Aircraft Company says it maintained its leadership position as the world's largest general aviation aircraft manufacturer in 2006, with 1,239 piston and turbine aircraft delivered.

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SDS Awarded Follow-On Grant For Spatial-D Training Solutions

Company Developing Innovative Answers For GA's #1 Killer

For years the FAA has contended the leading causes of general aviation fatal accidents are related to weather and loss of control. When an unskilled (or skilled, but non-proficient) pilot flies VFR into IMC, the (usually) inevitable loss of control is the direct result of what the experts call spatial disorientation (SD) -- an inability to determine the aircraft's attitude in relation to the earth.

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Original Air Force One 707 Simulator Heads For New Home

Reagan Library Will Host Machine Used To Train Pilots

If machinery could talk, we imagine the original Boeing 707 simulator -- used to train pilots to fly the first jet to carry the designation Air Force One -- would have some stories to tell.

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Premier Aircraft Awarded STC For Falcon 50-4 Upgrade

Offers Improved Performance, Range

Aero-News has learned Premier Aircraft, LLC was recently awarded an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Falcon 50-4 Performance Upgrade, which the company states allows operators significantly improved range, payload, speeds and time-to-climb.

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Audio Tape Released In JFK Jr. Accident

Phone Conversation Between Tower Intern, AFSS Dispatch

A brief audio tape released this week shows the confusion present in the control tower at Martha's Vineyard Airport the night of July 16, 1999 -- when a Piper Saratoga II piloted by John F. Kennedy, Jr. crashed.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.08.07)

Aero-Linx!

Do you know a youngster who has an interest in aviation? Maybe he or she should go to one of the ACE (Aviation Career Exploration) camp this summer.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.08.07): NACA

Aero-Terms!

The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics was what is now NASA. NACA started in 1917 and guided research in aeronautics until 1958.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.08.07)

"We have humans in space right now. We need to stay focused on it to be sure we do it right."

Source: Johnson Space Center deputy director Robert Cabana, in a joint NASA press conference held one day after shuttle astronaut Lisa Nowak was charged with attempted murder. While noting Nowak has shown no signs of mental instability during her tenure at the space agency, officials stated NASA will review its psychological screening process for astronauts.

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